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How to make a vision board that really works

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I’m a massive advocate of visualisation and I think that a vision board can be a powerful tool to help you to achieve your goals. But how do you make a vision board that really works? It’s definitely possible, if you approach it in the right way. 

What is it?

On your vision board you will display images and affirmations that reflect your hopes and dreams. Making a vision board is a creative process and you’re designing it to keep yourself focused and to help you to achieve. 

Like attracts like

Vision boards are connected to the law of attraction, which is the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into your life. The idea is that like attracts like and if you believe in yourself and you’re thinking about the perfect outcome, then it’s more likely to manifest itself. This means that by looking at a vision board, depicting your hopes and wishes, they are more likely to come into fruition.

Tips for creating a kick-ass vision board

I think that vision boards can be powerful, if done correctly. Here’s how you can make a vision board that really works: 

1) Be open to it

If you make a vision board thinking it’s not going to work and it’s a load of twaddle, then guess what? You won’t see any benefit. You need to be open to the idea and willing to accept that the concept could help you to achieve your goals. Creating a vision board is an act of self investment, which is so important when it comes to maintaining wellbeing.  

2) Experiment

I love Pinterest as much as the next person and I have plenty of boards on there that I’ve created to try and inspire myself and I used to have a vision board as my screensaver on my computer. However, I find that nothing quite beats creating a vision board that you can hang up in your office or bedroom. I think that seeing your vision board as you get on with your every day life is much more powerful than having a virtual board. 

Another way of experimenting may be to come up with a 100-day plan and to pop your visualisations in there.

It really is about trial and error, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different mediums. 

3) Plan your board

You need to put a bit of thought into your vision board. It needs to tap into your true goals and your desires, because if it doesn’t, then it won’t motivate you to achieve. If you don’t know what to put on there, then have a think about goals that you’d like to achieve in different areas of your life and then look at the steps you’d need to take to achieve them. 

During your planning session, write down what you’d like to manifest and jot down some ideas for quotes and pictures that represent those things. You need to make sure your board contains a variety of stimuli. The things you add, should, in some way, represent your hopes and dreams.

4) Think of the journey

It’s all very well putting an image of a marathon runner on your vision board. But you also need to depict the things you’ll enjoy on your journey to a marathon, because that isn’t something you’re going to achieve overnight. The same applies if you want to become the Prime Minister, or run your own business. You can depict your ultimate role, or dream, but you also need to visualise the steps you’ll need to take to get there. 

5) Make it personal

We are all individuals and what inspires one will not inspire another. That’s okay. Your vision board is a personal thing that you create to inspire you to achieve. It’s okay if your other half doesn’t find it inspiring. They can make their own! 

I remember when I made my first ever vision board, about a decade ago. At the time I was in debt and I really wanted to clear it. So I put a picture of Martin Lewis on there. My friend took the mickey and I can see why, but for me, Martin Lewis was a great visualisation of the journey to becoming debt free, so having his face on there worked.

6) Put it somewhere you will see it daily

Put your vision board in a place where you’ll regularly see it. Perhaps on the bathroom wall, or in your bedroom. Maybe it would work on your desk at work. It’s good to have it in a place where you’ll naturally see it, even when you’re not directly thinking about your dreams. That way it will work on your subconscious. 

7) Make it pretty

Your vision board can just be a collage of pictures. You can cut images out and stick them down on some paper. But if you make it into a feature on your wall and it fits in with your other décor, then you may find that you’re more comfortable having it on display. This means that you’re more likely to regularly see it and the greater the impact it will have on your thoughts.  

8) Change it up

Hopes, wishes and dreams evolve and your vision board should change with them. So don’t be afraid to work on yours if you find that a picture of Martin Lewis is no longer floating your boat. It’s okay to change, amend and to move the goal posts. Realistically, you can’t expect your vision board to work if it isn’t properly tuned into your current hopes and wishes. 

9) Don’t stop at one

You might find it useful to have more than one. One board to inspire your family life and one to inspire your career, for example. If you think you’d benefit from having different ones that represent different areas of your life, then make more than one. Some people find it easier to achieve their goals when they’re streamlined.

10) Accept that it might not work

When working out how to make a vision board that really works, it’s important to remember that sometimes it just doesn’t. We are all inspired by different things and if creating a visual board isn’t for you, then keep experimenting until you find something that does motivate you to achieve. 

Is it worth it?

I’d recommend anybody that has a goal to attempt to create a vision board. It’s a fun, creative process that may help you to achieve your goal and I think that’s worth a shot. You can make one for under £10 too. 

Do you have one? Does this form of visualisation work for you? Let me know in the comments below. 

If you enjoyed this article, then you should check out my productivity section.

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